Henderson County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Guide to Henderson County, North Carolina ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Hendersonville
Organized: December 15, 1838
Parent County(s): Buncombe [1]
Neighboring Counties
Buncombe  • Greenville (SC)  • Haywood  • Polk  • Rutherford  • Transylvania
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Henderson County is located in the southwestern portion of North Carolina and shares a border with South Carolina. It was named for Leonard Henderson, chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court from 1829-1833.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Henderson County Courthouse
200 N Grove Street, Suite 163
Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone: 828-694-4100
Henderson County Website

Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1914, marriage records from 1800 and records from 1837.
Clerk Superior Court has divorce, probate and court records from 1841.[3]

Henderson County, North Carolina Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914 1800 1914 1841 1837 1841 1784
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1838 Henderson County was created 15 December 1838 from Buncombe County.
  • County seat: Hendersonville[5]

For animated maps illustrating North Carolina county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation North Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1664-1965) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
  • Blue Ridge
  • Clear Creek
  • Crab Creek
  • Edneyville
  • Green River
  • Hendersonville
  • Hoopers Creek
  • Mills River

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

  • Bible Records at North Carolina Digital Archives - index and images

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Henderson County, North Carolina online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See North Carolina Cemeteries for more information


Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 5,129
1850 6,853 33.6%
1860 10,448 52.5%
1870 7,706 −26.2%
1880 10,281 33.4%
1890 12,589 22.4%
1900 14,104 12.0%
1910 16,262 15.3%
1920 18,248 12.2%
1930 23,404 28.3%
1940 26,049 11.3%
1950 30,921 18.7%
1960 36,163 17.0%
1970 42,804 18.4%
1980 58,580 36.9%
1990 69,285 18.3%
2000 89,173 28.7%
2010 106,740 19.7%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church Records[edit | edit source]


  • French Broad, near Mills River, N.C. Organized before 1792.[7] Previously located in Buncombe.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Henderson County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Henderson County:

- 16th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company I
- 1st Battalion, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company C
- 5th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Company G
- 7th Battalion, North Carolina Cavalry, Company D
- 7th Battalion, North Carolina Cavalry, Company E
- 7th Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry, Company G

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Voter Registration

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Henderson County. For state-wide archival repositories, see North Carolina Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Henderson County. For state-wide library facilities, see North Carolina Archives and Libraries.

  • Henderson County Public Library

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Henderson County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see North Carolina Societies.

  • Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society
    128 Bingham Road, Suite 950
    Asheville, NC 28806

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Henderson County, NCGenWeb genealogy resources; part of the national USGenWeb project
  • FamilySearch Catalog – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. https://www.ncpedia.org/geography/henderson
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Henderson County, North Carolina. Page 506-514 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 505-509.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Henderson County, North Carolina," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henderson_County,_North_Carolina, accessed 16 February 2020.
  7. "French Broad Baptist Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/9/91/Iginorthcarolinag.pdf.